Saturday, July 15, 2006

Pitched green roof at renovated part of Botanic Gardens

By Joanne Leow, Channel NewsAsia
15 July 2006

Visitors to the Singapore Botanic Gardens will be able to enjoy a host of new facilities as its renovated Tanglin Core reopens to the public.

Tanglin Core will have a pitched green roof - Singapore's first - that showcases hardy plants like ferns and orchids.

A pilot project, the roof is part of NPark's efforts to use new technology to promote skyrise greenery.

Other high-tech facilities at the Tanglin Core include an orchid breeding and micropropagation lab.

But a sense of history is also important in the Botanic Gardens.

It has a library of 30,000 books and journals dating from 1875.

And its Herbarium, a plant museum that houses over two centuries of accumulated knowledge and plant collections, has attracted international scientists.

There are some 650,000 herbarium specimens at the museum, the oldest from 1790. - CNA/ir

Monkey says...
"Wow this is exciting news. Must visit the newly renovated botanic gardens!"

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